| Apr 11, 2010
Disco and the Remaking
of American Culture
W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95
Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
| May 5, 2010
Ernie Harwell, the Hall of Fame voice of the Detroit Tigers whose decision to leave the Brooklyn Dodgers' radio booth played a role in the hiring of Vin Scully, died Tuesday. He was 92.
Harwell died at his home in Novi, Mich., the Tigers said. He had...
| Jan 15, 2010
Teddy Pendergrass, the soul singer who combined hyper-romantic love songs with a virile, sexy stage presence to become the quintessential R&B boudoir crooner before a 1982 car accident left him paralyzed, died Wednesday in his native Philadelphia. He...
| Jul 8, 2010
Harvey Fuqua, a musical multi-tasker whose career with the prominent 1950s vocal group the Moonglows was a prelude to his association with Marvin Gaye, the Spinners and other R&B stars in the 1960s and '70s, died of a heart attack Tuesday in a Detroit...
| Aug 4, 2010
Bobby Hebb, a musician and songwriter whose 1966 hit "Sunny" about a smiling girl became a pop music classic, died Tuesday of lung cancer at a Nashville hospital. He was 72.
"Sunny" was recorded by many other singers, including Marvin Gaye, Wilson...
| Oct 26, 2010
Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican singer who pioneered the style of reggae music known as lovers rock and became one of the genre's major stars in the 1970s, has died. He was 59.
Isaacs died Monday at his home in London, according to his manager, Copeland...
| Aug 24, 2011
Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday, his former publicist said. He was 70.
Ashford, who along...
| Aug 28, 2011
When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther.
"You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
| Nov 6, 2011
Cameron Crowe thought he would be directing a Marvin Gaye biography, not wrangling a herd of ostriches on the Thousand Oaks set of "We Bought a Zoo."
The legendary soul singer and wild animals would seem to have little in common, but Crowe the boyish 54-...
| Dec 12, 2008
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| Sep 7, 2008
LOOKING classic-casual in a summer blazer, gray fedora and matching silk scarf, Ne-Yo leaned over his laptop in a West Hollywood recording studio one mid- August afternoon, playing selections from "Year of the Gentleman," his third solo album, out Sept....